New Digital Transformation Agency begins to take shape

By Harley Dennett

October 28, 2016

Following yesterday’s Administrative Arrangements Order moving ICT functions to the Prime Minister’s portfolio, the team that will lead these functions begins the task of building an agency.

The functions the new Digital Transformation Agency collects come from the erstwhile DTO, the Department of Finance and some that have never existed in the federal government before. It will guide, oversee and drive the government’s “ambitious digital and ICT agendas” that involve a whole-of-government approach to digital delivery and greater transparency for Commonwealth ICT.

Nerida O’Loughlin, commenced as interim chief executive officer of the DTA on Monday, saying she was excited by the opportunities for the new agency:

“The shape of the agency will continue to change over coming weeks as we finalise the scope of the DTA’s expanded functions. I would like to congratulate the DTO on its significant achievements over the past year and I look forward to working with the team to implement the government’s exciting digital transformation agenda.”

In an expanded role, the DTA will perform the following functions:

  • provide strategic and policy leadership on whole-of-government and shared information and communications technology and digital service delivery, including ICT procurement policy;
  • design, develop, coordinate, deliver and monitor policies, standards, services and delivery platforms for whole-of-government shared ICT and digital service delivery;
  • co-ordinate the funding of whole-of-government and shared ICT and digital service delivery platforms;
  • manage a whole-of-government ICT program management office which will oversee all significant ICT and digital investments; and
  • provide advice to the minister on whole-of-government and shared ICT digital service delivery proposals.
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